Past few days go anywhere in the city and you had a dashing, serious looking Aamir Khan staring at you from various billboards. The promos of his tv show was one of the best I have ever seen, very teasing :). So 6th May like everybody else, yours faithfully Suku also sat in front of the tv sipping the delicious Kadala Pradamanum made by her mother. Saw the show, was very impressed there were goose bumps all over by the time it ended and also it gave me and my mom a new topic to discuss through the day.
This morning social media was all about Satyamev Jayate and I am not surprised at the number of people who disliked the show. Because it is a typical human behavior, when somebody else is doing something which you only think of doing the immediate reaction is to slander that person and his actions. As for me I have liked and disliked the show for few reasons...
It is not a hidden fact that AK does not distance himself from social causes and also his ability to speak his thoughts fearlessly is always appreciated (& that includes naming his wishful dog SRK). His association with the tourism industry in India (athithi devo bhava) I totally loved it. So it is only fair that I like the fact that AK has used his stardom again to create an awareness among the people about issues that are a social bane. This program has also tried to change the notion that tv is only filled with drama crap (well!! maybe not entirely). It is something similar to political parties using stars to attract crowds at election rallies. AK has done the same thing, used his public fame to reach out to people of this country on much more important issues that we are facing than what brand sandals a certain Didi is wearing!!
Having said that I have my reservations to the show. First things first, the name of the show 'Satyamev Jayate' has Satya in it... means truth.... and I doubt that in this show. Knowing AK to be a perfectionist I am sure he must have read those abortion stories atleast 10 times if not 100. He must have also met these women and talked to them before airing the episode. If that is the case then why did he shed tears in the show. I mean come on practically you heard it more than once already, you could have been more composed when you were hearing it for the umpteenth time while shooting for it. Tells me that was just a show... even if he had not shown off crying, people would still have believed him.
I also doubt that AK's show has not really spoken about the real problem. In the 1.5hrs long show I would have liked to hear about the real problems than watching Mrs. Ambani and her stylish jewellery. I fear this program will just become a Sunday habit like Ramayan or Mahabharat and nothing more than that. End of each episode people will have goose bumps thats it. This is just a new craze after Anna Hazare, Baba Ramdev and Sachin's 100th 100 !!! We all will like the fb page of this program, congratulate AK on his performance and one day this series will end and so will the new candy we are sucking. No matter how many facts are shown on cameras and in sting operations nothing will change unless we have a strong spine in our Judiciary.
It took these mothers who came on the show more than 1 abortion and tremendous mental & physical torture to take some action, do you think people like us who have not undergone anything will take any action just by watching this tv program ? Nevertheless this is a good show, appreciate the efforts being put in and really hope by the end of this show I become more optimistic and write a new post on how tv shows can challenge the Judiciary!!